Line Life Podcast: Women on the Line, Part 3: Featuring Joanne Ward

May 18, 2023
Retired Crew Chief Joanne Ward shares her memories of working as a line crew helper in the 1970s and recites her poems about life in the trade.

Back in the 1970s, Joanne Ward became interested in non-traditional job roles for women, and she applied for a job as a line crew helper for Seattle City Light, where she later served as a crew chief and crew coordinator. Years after her retirement, she published a poetry book titled, Utility.

During the May 2023 Line Life podcast, which is sponsored by Huskie Tools, she recites some of her poems, including "1978: Affirmative Action," "Utility" and "Cable Terminations."

For Part 3 of the Women on the Line series, she also shares her memories of working as a high-voltage electrician in substation maintenance and construction and offers tips on crew leadership for women who are currently working in the line trade. 

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